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Minden to eye animal rules

by Sheila Gardner

Minden Town Board members will consider an ordinance Wednesday that restricts the keeping of domestic and commercial animals to parcels within the town of larger than five acres.

Town board chairman Ray Wilson said the proposed ordinance will not affect ownership of cats and dogs, nor does it apply to residents outside the town’s limits.

“This does not affect dogs and cats,” Wilson said Friday. “We’re talking about big farm animals.

He said the town wants to be prepared for the advent of parcels that are one acre or larger and may be annexed to Minden.

“There’s nothing out there that says people couldn’t have horses or sheep within the town. We don’t want someone to start a mink farm or muskrat farm within the town boundary.”

Wilson said the ordinance, if adopted, won’t apply to property that is not annexed to the town.

“There are mini-farms along County Road that are not affected as long as they are not in town. We just want people to know that if they want to be annexed, these are the rules,” Wilson said.

The ordinance, which would have to be adopted by Douglas County commissioners, states:

“A. Grazing, keeping, use and sale of domestic animals, including, but not limited to poultry, rabbits, livestock, llamas, ostriches and horses is permitted only on parcels that are a minimum of five gross acres in size and designated as such by the land use district.

“B. Grazing, keeping, use and sale of commercial animals, including horses, cattle, swine, sheep, poultry, fur-bearing animals and other livestock is permitted only on parcels that are a minimum of five gross acres in size and designated as such by the land use district.”

The town board meeting begins at 6 p.m. with staff reports. Agenda items are heard beginning at 7 p.m. The animal ordinance is scheduled for 7:50 p.m.

The town board meets in the CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Ave. Information, 782-5976.

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